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Capitol Blues

Dewey Jackson's Peacock Orchestra


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Feat. Floyd Campbell


This side was recorded in St. Louis, Missouri on June 21st 1926 with Dewey Jackson cornet & director, Albert Snaer trumpet, William Luper trombone, William Thornton Blue clarinet & alto sax, Cliff Cochran soprano & alto sax, Willie Humphrey clarinet & tenor sax, Burroughs Lovingood piano, Pete Robinson banjo, Pops Foster string bass, and Floyd Campbell drums & vocals.

*"Capitol Blues" was written by Dewey Jackson and J. J. Johnson.

In 1920 after working as a horn player under prominent riverboat bandleaders including Charlie Creath and Fate Marable, St. Louis native Dewey Jackson took a shot at directing his own. This group the "Golden Melody Band" apparently dissolved in 1923 but the experience gave the cornetist incentive to try again. A couple of years later he assembled his "Peacock Orchestra" and was fortunate enough to attain a booking for the band on the Streckfus Lines' brand new steamboat the S.S. Capitol for the 1925-26 season. Playing exclusively for affluent white patrons for a good rate of pay the experience would inspire Dewey to compose this title in the boat's honor. Hardly just a lucky break Jackson's skill as a musician and great reputation as a bandleader were undoubtedly the prevailing factors that earned him the job.

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